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The 100 Greatest Music Videos

From Adele to ZZ Top — our ranked list of the best music videos of all time

7/31/2021 6:57:00 PM

In honor of MTV ’s 40th anniversary, we’ve decided to rank the top 100 music video s of all time.

From Adele to ZZ Top — our ranked list of the best music video s of all time

Photo illustration by Griffin Lotz. Images using in illustration via Scanrail/Adobe Stock; YoutubeIn the wee hours of August 1st, 1981, someone flipping through their channels might have come across the image of a rocket blasting into space. The familiar sight of Neil Armstrong exiting his lunar module and walking on the moon would fill the TV screen. And then they’d hear a voiceover, with all the smooth patter of an FM disc jockey: “Ladies and gentlemen, rock & roll.” Cue power chords, and a flag with a network logo — something called MTV — that rapidly changed colors and patterns. This wasn’t a news channel; it was “Music Television.” If they kept tuning in, they’d see clips and hear VJs talk about bringing you the latest in music videos. At this point, viewers might have a few questions, like: Is this like a radio station on TV? What is a “VJ”? And what the hell is a “music video”?

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A year later, no one was asking that last question. Virtually everyone knew what a music video was, andthey wanted their MTV.broke more than a few. Entire genres and subgenres — from hip-hop to grunge to boy-band pop to nu metal — became part of the mainstream. The format proved so durable that when MTV decided to switch things up and devote its air time to game shows, reality TV, and scripted series, thus shutting down the primary pipeline for these promos, artists still kept making them. The internet soon stepped in to fill the void. Four decades after the channel’s launch and long after it stopped playing them, music videos still complement songs, create mythologies, and cause chatter and controversy. We no longer want our MTV. We continue to want our music videos.

In honor of MTV’s 40th anniversary, we’ve decided to rank the top 100 music videos of all time. You’ll notice some significant changesfrom the last time we did this. (Yes, Michael Jackson is on here. No, “Thriller” is not.) A few pre-date the channel; several have never played on MTV at all. But all of these picks are perfect examples of how pairing sound and vision created an entire artistic vocabulary, gave us a handful of miniature-movie masterpieces, and changed how we heard (and saw) music. From Adele’s “Hello” to ZZ Top’s “Gimme All Your Lovin'” — these are the videos that continue to thrill us, delight us, disturb us, and remind us just how much you can do in three to four minutes with a song, a camera, a concept, a pose, some mood lighting, and an iconic hand gesture or two.

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lmfao beyonce ? Lol why isn’t beastie boys on your list? that list is TRASH af you are in need of taste ? where is Eminem The way i am MJ thriller TLC No Scrubs Aaliyah One in a million Clearly Thriller is 1. Billie Jean was the first black video on mtv and that should of been too 3. Thriller set the standard for all videos until this day. Sorry but RS went political on this one.

I don’t know what illegal substances y’all on at Rolling Stone but this is the most fcuked up list I’ve ever seen in music history. Everyone knows Thriller will always be the 1 video forever. That number one spot and the entire list is garbage. Go back to the drawing board! So, Michael Jackson's Billie Jean 10, no Thriller, No Beat It? REALLY? ridiclous needadoover

Any list that has Billie Jean ahead of Thriller, Smooth Criminal, Remember The Time, Scream, Black Or White, BAD, or Earth Song (especially Earth Song) is grossly deficient. Nothing compares to you by Sinead O’Connor is a good music video, really?!

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This was cool. Watching a lot of these videos brought back some good memories. I know there's a number of videos left out but how is Jamiroquai - Virtuality Insanity not on this list? That video was perfectly made for this list No RedHotChilliePeppers 🤔 So you wrote the name of some music videos and picked them at random. And then you realized you forgot “Thriller” but you had already published it. Do better

nah this is the best probably COME ON Rolling Stone who wrote this article because they wrong for not putting Michael Jackson Thriller number one he made MTV are you crazy. It has to has to be the cancel culture those female that think Beyoncé is God. FIX THIS LIST I WONT REST TILL YOU DO How did you formulate this so called list? It definitely wasn't based on popularity, talent, numbers, multi generational or global appeal.

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The rating sucks Who picked these videos ? Are you ok? Do you even know what a good music video is? Leave it up to Rolling stone to totally miss the point of the assignment. Rolling stone - Rhythm Nation 53, really? 'I Want It That Way' by Backstreet Boys is a better video than Janet's 'Got 'Til It's Gone,' Michael's 'Thriller,' and Madonna's 'Justify My Love.' 🤣 That video wouldn't normally even be taken into consideration.

The whole world knows thriller is the greatest music video ever made…stop the hate towards Michael Jackson..give him the credit he deserves…your list makes you lose a lot of credibility Wondered if others were as flummoxed'Thriller' was not only not 1 but not on at all. Vindicated! Other ? omissions, 'Cold Hearted Snake,' 'The Perfect Drug,' anything Tool, 'Virtual Insanity,' 'Adore' 'Walk This Way' 'Are You Gonna Go My Way' I just gave away my age.

this list is full 💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩 next time put some respect on Michael Jackson name …Baby One More Time isn’t even in the top 10 lol? Formation by beyonce 1 …really? It’s a joke! How much money is behind that list? Even with my low expectations, this was terrible

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Really? Enough with the MJ hate Rolling Stone, your embarrassing yourselves. Estos fueron comprados por beyonce 🤭 You full of bullshit what happened to Thriller if was not for Michael Jackson it would not be a Beyonce so stop the 💩💩💩 Thriller always be number one music video What about Black or white?

Missing Missing Smooth Criminal Where's Thriller? Missed a few I think Nice variety on the list. Formation is not a great number 1 choice though. Love this. Question that Buddy Holly by Weezer is number 76 and I did not see Scrape by Unsane.

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Formation isn't even that iconic. And I won't even talk about the fact that Thriller isn't there. In my opinion Take On Me and Thriller should have had better positions. At least you recognized Madonna's videos No Shakira The disrespect!!!! xenophobia is real 💀 TheCars won the 1st MTV Video of the Year Award in 1984 for YouMightThink .

Thriller isn't even in the top 40? Are you even aware of what music videos are? Worst, most ridiculous list ever. Who came up with this top 10? Well gimme all your loving by zz top

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